With a mind-numbingly disrespectful 183 ADP, Peyton Barber continues to fly completely under fantasy radars. Perhaps the Preseason Opener will awaken this sleeping fantasy community, as Barber played 13/14 first team snaps (including the first 13 in a row) Meanwhile, the only time he was removed was on the last snap of the first offense, a third-and-long that resulted in Ronald Jones dropping a pass. Barber’s grip on the starting role has only been strengthened, and a No.1 RB should NEVER fall this late.
Barber was not only the exclusive first team back here, but also easily the most impressive. On only 4 attempts, Barber managed 21 yards (5.1 YPC) and a TD, while also tying for the team target lead with 2 looks, which he ultimately turned into a sad -1 yards. Still, the role and usage highly suggest Barber is firmly entrenched atop this depth chart, and needs to start being treated as such.
Meanwhile, Ronald Jones mustered up just 9 yards on 8 carries — though he did score an impressive run at the stripe. Though there’s no reason to panic on Jones quite yet, as coaches often make rookies earn their roles, the alarms should at least be humming. The situation as a whole isn’t appealing behind an atrocious offensive line, making Jones even more overpriced at his 54 overall ADP with even less role clarity now.
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